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Specials by Scott Westerfeld
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Jun 20, 2007

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bookshelves: ya, science-fiction, post-apocalyptic
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A strong female character takes the lead in this science fiction thriller. While descriptions of future technologies that allow for extreme athleticism, strength, and power will keep teens reading eagerly, this novel ultimately also confronts questions about what effect personal choices can have in a society where conformity is the rule.
The last in Westerfeld's dystopian trilogy that began with Uglies, Specials is not understandable or enjoyable as a stand-alone book - the author assumes the reader has much background knowledge of what took place in the previous two books. However, for those who have caught up with the other books in the trilogy, Specials continues to vividly depict a future where all-pervasive body and brain modifications are the norm. Questioning this way of life leads to hard choices about what to fight for and what to believe in for the main character. By the end of the book readers will find themselves satisfied with the outcome of the trilogy but also wondering what could happen next in Westerfeld’s vision of the future.

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